Une cause célèbre
There are a number of dramatic works using this title:
(Not including the English play Cause Célèbre (1975) by Terence Rattigan.)
Une cause célèbre (1877) by Adolphe d'Ennery and Eugene Cormon
The original text
The tale of a French soldier wrongfully sentenced to the galleys for the murder of his wife, the play was first performed in Paris at the Théâtre de l'Ambigu-Comique on 4 December 1877 (reviewed by Emile Zola on the 10th) thereafter opening at the Théâtre de la Porte Saint-Martin on 27 December.
The play was not that much of a success apparently and the earliest and most readily found version of the text is a short prose summary ("Compte-rendu") by Gustave Desgranges, published in 1878 (Beziers, Imprimerie du commerce de P. Rivière).
A version of the full text was published by C. Levy in 1900.
Translations and adaptations
Translated into English as Proof, or A Celebrated Case (also found simply as either Proof or A Celebrated Case) by F.C. Burnand (1836-1917). The English version has variously been described as a drama in a prologue and two acts, a drama in six acts (after the original French text) and a drama in a prologue and three acts. The English play was first produced in English at the Adelphi Theatre, London, in 1878 and in New York at the Union Square Theatre from January 23 to May 11, 1878.
Published by Samuel French, [1878?])
Was the basic text for A Celebrated Case, a lost American silent film by the Kalem Co. (distributed by the General Film. Co.), starring Alice Joyce, Guy Coombs and Marguerite Courtot.
Performance history in South Africa
Facsimile version of the cover page of the prose retelling by Desgranges
Henri Mitterand and Halina Suwala.1968. Émile Zola, journaliste: bibliographie chronologie et analytique (Volume 1). Presses Université Franche-Comté:p. 111
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Une cause célèbre, ou l'Héritier de Manchester by Lurieu Gabriel ()
Une cause célèbre, ou l'Héritier de Manchester, drame en 3 actes, par Lurieu Gabriel [en collaboration avec Théaulon]. [Paris, Gaîté, 25 mai 1837.] Date de l'édition originale : 1837